East Sussex County Council looks for new apprentices

Cllr David Elkin, East Sussex County Council lead member for resources SUS-151202-115313001
Cllr David Elkin, East Sussex County Council lead member for resources SUS-151202-115313001

East Sussex County Council is inviting young people to see if they would like an apprenticeship at a week-long event next month.

Up to 25 young people can take part in the course which runs from Febuary 8 to 12 and includes several days of work experience in a council department.

The course will also give young people advice on interview skills and CV writing as well as an introduction to working in local government by county council Chief ExecutiveBecky Shaw.

Last year 14 people on the course were hired by the council as apprentices.

One apprentice, 17-year-old Romalie Ford, said, “The event was really useful because many of us had never even worked before. It provided us with the information that we needed about work and becoming an apprentice, and this helped us to get in the right mind-set to start work.

“Everyone has been really friendly and welcoming, and I am thrilled to now be an apprentice at East Sussex County Council. My apprenticeship is going to open up opportunities I may never have had, and ensure I have the skills to build a promising career in the future.”

Each apprentice has been assigned a mentor to help them in the workplace, and all 14 apprentices meet regularly and support each other while studying towards their qualifications.

Cllr David Elkin, East Sussex County Council lead member for resources, said, “Having been fortunate on leaving school to become an apprentice I can really recommend it. I’ve always said that I started my education the day I left school and became an apprentice. It’s the best thing I ever did.

“Apprenticeships offer an opportunity for young people to get relevant, on-the-job experience and get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder and the work-readiness programme is a great way for them to find out if apprenticeships are right for them.”

The county council will be recruiting more apprentices in 2016 and is looking for young people who want to pursue a career in Health and Social Care or Business Administration.

People can get more information or register their interest in the course, by emailing apprenticeships@eastsussex.gov.uk or calling 01323 463728.

You must be over 16 to take part in the course.

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